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What about Iran?

Today the U.S. and Israel are apparently behind the sabotage of Iran’s nuclear facilities and murders of its nuclear scientists and engineers.

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(PROVIDENCE, RI) - When Benjamin Netanyahu or his obedient followers Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talk of a potential attack by Iran, why doesn’t the media remind us who has actually attacked whom?

The last time Iran attacked another nation was nearly three centuries ago. (In 1738 Nader Shah invaded India.)

On the other hand since World War II, the U.S. and Israel have bombed, invaded or otherwise attacked dozens of countries killing hundreds of thousands of people – perhaps a million. Iran itself has often been the target.

In 1953 the CIA overthrew Iran’s democratically-elected government and made Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi dictator with the brutal organization SAVAK to eliminate his opponents. In 1958 an American ship “accidentally” shot down an Iranian airliner killing all 230 adults and 60 children on board. In the 1980s President Reagan attacked Iran by proxy, supporting Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran.

Israel has bombed or invaded Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and of course Palestine itself.

Today the U.S. and Israel are apparently behind the sabotage of Iran’s nuclear facilities and murders of its nuclear scientists and engineers. Much of this is actually carried out by the MEK (the People’s Mujahedin), designated a “foreign terrorist organization” by the U.S. The U.S. recently lifted the “terrorist” designation so that we can legally work with the MEK.

The U.S. has imposed crushing sanctions on the people of Iran, much as we did in the 1990s on the people of Iraq – another population which had done nothing to us.

Iran’s nuclear program is said to be a threat to Israel and the U.S. Ironically, Iran began its program for nuclear energy in 1957 with the U.S. supplying nuclear material. At that time Iran was ruled by our friend, dictator Reza Pahlavi.

After Reza Pahlavi was overthrown in 1979, Iran’s religious leaders continued the nuclear-energy program. But they have repeatedly renounced nuclear weapons, calling for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East. And as a party to the NPT (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), Iran has accepted numerous inspections of its nuclear facilities.

On the other hand, Israel has a secretive nuclear program. It refuses to sign the NPT and will not allow international inspections of its nuclear facilities.

Why is the U.S. media silent on all this?

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Rod Driver studied engineering and mathematics at the University of Minnesota, receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1960. He worked at Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque for six years before taking a teaching position at the University of Rhode Island for 30 years. Rod says he became a 'peacenik' in 1951 (thanks to a few weeks on Pariss Island). He became particularly active in opposition to U.S. wars in Indochina and U.S. involvement in overthrowing governments and supporting dictators in Latin America and Iran. As the Vietnam war was winding down Rod began paying attention to the abuse of Palestinians - enabled with U.S. weapons and dollars, which has never stopped. Rod is the founder and president of the non-profit Justice First Foundation.

In Rhode Island Rod was an elected delegate to the state constitutional convention of 1986, Then he was elected a state representative for 10 years. At this time he is not in office. You can write to Rod Driver at this address: rod@roddriver.com

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